Human-Machine Communication Journal – Special Issue CFP!!

Human-Machine Communication: Special Issue 

(Call for Papers) “Diffusion of Human-Machine Communication During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic”

(Special Issue Editors)

Do Kyun David Kim, Ph.D ( Richard D’Aquin / BORSF Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Rukhsana Ahmed, Ph.D ( Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Department at the University at Albany, SUNY

Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D ( University Distinguished Professor at George Mason University

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has been unceasing, unpredictable, hardly controllable, and fatal. The current generation has no prior experience of such a global pandemic, which has provoked confusion, mistakes, controversy, and incompetence among all sectors of society in the attempt to control the pandemic. As the number of infections has dramatically escalated, health professionals (e.g., doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners) have also been widely exposed to infection risk. In general, the pandemic is a public health disaster for all humankind.

While humans are vulnerable to viruses and other infectious diseases, machines are unsusceptible to such causes of human diseases. Along with the biomedical advantage of machines, human-machine communication (HMC) facilitated by artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be a significant part of the New Normal already emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Likely, HMC will be further routinized in the post-pandemic world, altering human lifestyles, offering an alternative to face-to-face communication between humans, meeting demands for independent or remote work, necessitating teaming with communicable devices or robots, and providing context for the development of human-like friendships with AI partners. In fact, not only has HMC complemented, but it has also, at present, substantially replaced human communication in many areas of personal and professional life.

This special issue focuses on strategic human-machine communication that contributes to overcoming difficulties caused by a pandemic and addressing the HMC-based New Normal during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, we welcome studies investigating the acceleration of the diffusion of human-machine communication as a communicative solution for current and future pandemics and implementation of HMC as a new normal. Based on this general theme, this special issue aims to feature diverse circumstances of HMC related to pandemics, such as human-robot interaction, virtual and augmented realities (humans “in” the machine or machine environments), cyborg/augmentics (human-machine hybridity), human-machine teaming, and automation, and to be inclusive of multiple methodological, epistemic, and disciplinary approaches. This special issue strives to advance HMC scholarship internationally by encouraging excellence in academic research.

For more information or questions, please contact the Special Issue Editor Dr. David Kim at

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Diffusion of HMC, Strategic Adoption and Implementation of HMC, Application of HMC to Health Communication, Future Study, Problem-Solving, Interdisciplinary Research

Deadline: December 30, 2020. All manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online submission system ( with the remark, “Special Issue” in the cover letter. In the online submission system, there will be a drop-down menu under Document Type. Please choose “Special Issue Submission.”

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